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Is Botox Messing With Evolution?

Beauty Byte: Is Botox Messing With Evolution?

Remember learning about Charles Darwin and his theory of natural selection? Along with examining fossils and mockingbirds, the scientist loved to study faces. He concluded that human facial expressions were the results of muscle and brain signals instinctively reacting over years and years of evolution.

Fast forward about 150 years and I'm wondering what Darwin would think about Botox. According to an article in Discover Magazine, Bernhard Haslinger, of the Technical University of Munich, had an idea. Why not paralyze some faces and run brain scans to analyze emotional triggers? Sounds a little Twilight Zone to me. To see the results and conclusions,


Women who had received Dysport (a version of botulinum toxin, just like Botox) had "quieter" brain scans when asked to frown. Basically, the connections between their expressions and emotions were more subdued. The conclusion? It could be that people who receive injections have a bit of an artificial defense mechanism against angry emotions. Plus, is it possible that people around them are actually happier since they no longer have to suffer the wrath of angry expressions? Time will tell as more and more people receive these types of treatments, but to accurately study any sort of true evolution would take more than a few lifetimes.


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snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 8 years
i dont want botox but i dont want wrinkles either. for my faint frown line i use retin-a and it keeps the line faint, but you cant use it when pregnant. hope i never have to get botox!
ldsims ldsims 8 years
After having 5 kids I would really like a boob job and botox.
swati05 swati05 8 years
Nothing wrong with it if sum1 is really ready for it...I mean if we can get implants and sum nip n tucks here n there then face is most imp. part of our identity....
htiduj htiduj 8 years
the experiment is interesting, but not such a revelation. after all, an old trick to cheer yourself up is to simply smile. and if that works, the opposite would of course be the same. i think a more interesting question is how does the tempering effect of emotions translate into being psychologically healthy. does it make a difference? if so, is it a positive difference or a negative difference? for all we know, we may need to be able to feel negative feelings as well as positive feelings.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
I am definitely getting Botox when I'm in my 30's-40's.
palacinkabeauty palacinkabeauty 8 years
I think in the next few years there will be fillers made from safer, more natural components and even MORE women will use them in tandem with topical skin creams, etc.
thelorax thelorax 8 years
me too, SanDiegoLove!! Only for my hereditary frown line. I don't like looking like I'm scowling ALL the time :-(
SanDiegoLove SanDiegoLove 8 years
I have a confession to make: I REALLY want Botox! I wish it weren't a toxin.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I'll all for fillers but never one that is actually a toxin!
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